Amazon Catalyst – Launch Your Next Big Idea

In 2015, Amazon teamed up with CoMotion at the University of Washington to announce Amazon Catalyst, a program that helps students, faculty, and staff launch truly innovative ideas. To date, Amazon Catalyst has funded 50 UW teams –  Amazon Catalyst Fellows – across a range of disciplines.  

This year, they’re re trying something different by specifying themes for this year’s awards. To tightly focus inspiration on the pressing issues of our time, this round of Catalyst will be based on specific themes: Computational Social Science (i.e. using data and computing analysis, like machine learning and simulation, to address social problems) and Urban Transportation. Proposals must address one of these themes. Preference will be given to those which leverage machine learning.

Computational Social Science

We’re living in a society facing serious economic, social, and political divisions. We seek big ideas drawing scholarly and entrepreneurial attention to social divides, polarization, and social conflict. Proposals which combine methods from a diverse range of disciplines are encouraged. Examples include the humanities, statistics, social sciences, economics, sociology, demography, anthropology, and history. Read more about current themes and example prompts.

Urban Transportation

Today, 55% of the world’s population lives in urban areas, a proportion that is expected to increase to 68% by 2050. With more and more people living closer together, there is a need to find new ways to transport people and objects from point A to point B efficiently in urban areas. We’d love to hear your thoughts on how to improve urban transportation. Read more about current themes and example prompts.


  • Open to UW students, faculty, and staff from all campuses.
  • Ideas from all disciplines welcome.
  • It’s a project fund, not a research fund. Be ready to run with and truly build your idea!
  • Themes: Urban Transportation and Computational Social Science.
  • Solutions should focus on scalability and positive social impact.
  • Awards will be up to $10,000.
  • Project timeline: six months.
  • Application is simple and straightforward: only 20 questions.
  • Deadline: May 31, 2019.

Earn Up to $10K to launch your big idea! The deadline to apply is 31 May 2019.

For more information, visit the Amazon Catalyst website.

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The Summer of Code – deadline 17 April

Interested in learning or improving your coding and technical skills by spending the summer in Silicon Valley?

The Summer of Code is a rare opportunity for students to get an immersive learning experience while also networking in the Bay Area this summer!

Whether you’ve always wanted to use technology to drive change or you’re simply curious and want to dip your toe into the world of tech, this program is for you.  Liberal Arts in Silicon Valley will teach you how software can be leveraged in a wide variety of fields. You’ll also get valuable coaching on personal skills that are critical for success. By the end of our course you’ll be able to use code and analytical tools to tackle problems you care about. No prior experience or course prerequisites necessary. Students with no background in tech are encouraged to apply.

The application deadline is Wednesday, 17 April 2019 – so make sure you submit your application on time!

The costs for the program are quite high, but there is financial assistance available for qualified applicants. Students requesting financial aid should indicate that on their application.

Program Details:

UW Application:


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Study Skills Workshop – Meeting with Instructors (17 April)

We’ve highlighted the series of Study Skills Workshops that Academic Support Programs is offerring this quarter, and this week’s workshop will address a potentially nerve-wracking but very useful part of your education: Meeting with Instructors.

Meeting with professors or course instructors can be incredibly valuable – it’s a rare chance where you receive all of your instructor’s attention and can get personalized answers and advice to help you. But it can be difficult and intimidating to build these connections with instructors. This workshop will help you explore the many benefits you can gain from meeting with your instructors…and how to go about doing so.

Workshop Details:

  • Meeting with Instructors – the Benefits of Reaching Out
  • Wednesday, 17 April 2019
  • 7:30pm-8:30pm
  • MGH 242

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It’s Week 3 – Already?!?

I still feel like this is the very beginning of the quarter, but my calendar (and advisor) reminds me that it’s actually Week 3! Hope you all get out and enjoy the sun today while you can – it looks like it’s going to be another cloudy and wet week!

Here’s your weekly installment of things we think should be on your radar this week:

  • Meeting with Instructors (Study Skills workshop) – 17 April. Wednesday night, ASP will be hosting their second Study Skills workshop this week, exploring the benefits – and the how-tos – of meeting with instructors. Stayed tuned for a blog post with more information this afternoon.
  • Career Coaching with Caitlin Goldbaum. Our resident Career Coach will be hosting 2 small-group coaching sessions this week: Translating Your Strengths in the Social Sciences (TODAY) and How to Talk About Yourself (Wednesday). If you’d like some help on how to present yourself as a valuable job candidate, don’t miss out on these sessions!
  • Spring Job and Internship Fair. Details: 18 April, from 1pm-5pm in the HUB Ballrooms. This Thursday is the annual Spring Job and Internship Fair! This is a great opportunity to meet with a huge variety of employers face-to-face, and find out about the jobs and internships available. And if you’re nervous about the fair, don’t miss the Career Center’s workshop on preparing for career fairs tomorrow!
  • Spring 2019 Graduation Applications Due – 19 April. Planning to graduate this Spring?? Make sure you’ve made an appointment to complete your graduation application. The deadline is this Friday – so if you’ve haven’t applied to graduate, make your appointment ASAP!

That’s all for now – have a great week!

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Let’s Talk – Drop-in Counseling

Life as a UW student can be complicated and complex, trying to survive your classes, enjoy your personal life, and work toward building a career. If you feel like you’re struggling, Let’s Talk is a perfect opportunity to see how mental health counseling can help you. Let’s Talk is a drop-in service where students can have an informal consultation with an experienced counselor from the Counseling Center and Hall Health Center without an appointment.

Let’s Talk offers informal consultation – it is not a substitute for regular mental health care, but is a great option for students who may have a difficult time getting to Hall Health Mental Health or the Counseling Center, but would benefit from a consultation with mental health practitioners.

There is no wrong reason to seek counseling through Let’s Talk, the Counseling Center, or Hall Health Center. However, Let’s Talk is an especially good fit for students who:

  1. Are not sure about counseling and wonder what it’s like to talk with a counselor
  2. Are not interested in ongoing counseling but would like the perspective of a counselor
  3. Have a specific problem and would like someone with whom to talk it through
  4. Have a concern about a friend and want some thoughts about what to do

Let’s Talk drop-in visits are free and confidential!

If you want to learn more about Let’s Talk, please visit the website here.

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Next Week in the Career Center

The cherry blossom have fallen and the rain is settling in – that must mean it’s the end of Week 2 of Spring Quarter!

As usual, here’s your preview of the events the Career and Internship Center has on next week’s schedule:

Monday, 15 April 2019

  • Translating Your Strengths in the Social Sciences – Small Group Coaching, 3:30pm-4:15pm, Smith 203E. This small group coaching session, hosted by Caitlin Goldbaum, is a perfect opportunity to students to practice how to talk about your strengths to highlight your value as a job candidate.
  • Is Law School Right for Me?, 1:30pm-2pm, Online. Considering law school but not sure whether it’s the right choice for you? Join this online workshop to help you consider the costs and benefits of a legal education.
  • Resume Workshop, 3:30pm-4pm, Online. Resumes are a crucial part of any job application, so this online workshop will help you make sure your resume is the best it can be!

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

  • How to Talk with a Recruiter – Employer Led Workshop, 12:30pm-1:30pm. This workshop, led by members of the Expedia team, will help you learn how to create the write first impression with recruiters, and how to keep the line of communication to that recruiter open.
  • Prepare for the Spring Career Fair, 11am-4pm. These special drop-in hours at the Career Center have been set aside explicitly to help students prepare for the Spring Career Fair (which is on Thursday!). Got questions? They’ve got answers! First-come, first-serve – so plan ahead!

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Thursday, 18 April 2019

  • Spring Job and Internship Fair, 1pm-5pm, HUB Ballrooms. IT’S FINALLY HERE! The annual Spring Job and Internship Fair will be held on Thursday – over 100 employers, looking for everything from interns to part-time to full-time employment. This is an extraordinary opportunity to make a great impression, in-person, on some very attractive employers, so don’t miss it!

Make sure you register in advance for these events and workshops – in many cases, space is limited! And, as always, unless otherwise noted, all workshops and information sessions take place in 134 Mary Gates Hall. If you need or want any other information about the Career and Internship Center, please visit their website.

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Student Legal Services – Free Consultations for UW-Seattle Students

UW Student Legal Services (SLS) is an on-campus law office located in HUB 306 that offers FREE 40-minute consultations on a multitude of legal matters. Their office recently hired an immigration attorney to serve UW-Seattle students. They provide a safe and confidential space for all UW-Seattle students (undergraduate, graduate, and professional) who have legal questions or concerns.

Students seek assistance from SLS for issues including:

  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Discrimination
  • Immigration
  • Protection Orders
  • Name and gender markers
  • Estate planning (wills, powers of attorney, healthcare directives)
  • Criminal and traffic
  • Auto collisions and insurance
  • And many more!

SLS educates students about their rights and responsibilities, provides legal advice and resources, negotiates disputes, represents them in court, and prepares them for small claims matters. In addition, they offer general informational sessions and “how-to” presentations on a variety of legal matters, such as knowledge of rights. Registered Student Organizations, departments, and other UW entities may request a presentation via email.

Contact Information


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